Senator Joe Manchin (D.W.Va.) joined his Texas colleagues in asking President Joe Biden for an order to prohibit illegal immigrants crossing the southern border.
Title 42 allows immigrants from Central America and Mexico to be released within 24 hours of screening. On Nov. 15, a federal judge rescinded the policy.
Border Patrol will no longer be able to immediately return anyone across the border. Instead, they will arrest and detain each illegal immigrant. Border Patrol is unable to hold immigrants indefinitely due to the overcrowding of its facilities.
On Tuesday, Sen. John Cornyn (Republican-Texas) and Reps. Henry Cuellar and Tony Gonzales (Republican-Texas) sent a letter to Biden stating that five weeks, from Nov. 15 through Dec. 20, is not enough time to prepare for an influx, particularly those who have invalid asylum or relief claims.
They want Biden to extend their order until Congress has the time to pass bipartisan immigration legislation.
The members stated that the situation was untenable and they must work together to preserve DHS’s authority for migrants to be expelled quickly until a set of acceptable policies and resources are put in place.
The members stated that there is a “crisis” at the southern border and are concerned about the support provided by the Biden administration.
The members expressed concern that the administration had not provided enough support and resources for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is charged with border security.
Members stated that they were committed to creating bipartisan legislation for the Department of Homeland Security in order to enable it to implement immigration policies without allowing illegal immigrants to enter the United States.
They stated that Title 42 will remain the only effective tool for controlling immigration as long as it is not changed. “Pressure will continue to build at the southern border.”
The members stated that, “While admittedly imperfect,” termination of Title 42 by the CDC at this point will cause a total loss of operational control over southern border communities and significant suffering and deaths among migrants illegally entering the United States.
The Washington Examiner obtained internal planning documents Monday morning that showed Border Patrol’s El Paso Sector had 4,500 migrants in custody Saturday. This is just one of nine southern border regions.
According to a statement, Border Patrol had arrested 16,000 illegal immigrants across the country and seized $97,000,000 worth of narcotics at border in 48 hours.